Cambodia: Snapshots

SonjaCambodia, Travel9 Comments



We saw and did so many exciting and wonderful things while in Cambodia. We learned fun facts, and about tragic things like the Khmer Rouge genocide.

We found Cambodia to be a country of contrasts. We were impressed by the beauty of the lotus fields and ancient temple ruins, and saddened by the killing cave where thousands of innocent civilians were thrown to their death just over 30 years ago. Our hearts were warmed by the Khmer people, who were beautiful and welcoming.

Here are a few snapshots from our travels (outside of the market!).


Ankgor Wat (Temple) in Siem Riep


Ta Prohm (Temple) in Siem Riep


Ta Prohm (Temple) in Siem Riep


Ta Prohm (Temple) in Siem Riep


Woman outside Angkor Wat in Siem Riep


Floating Village in Siem Riep


Child in Floating Village in Siem Riep


Feeding crocodiles in Siem Riep


Floating Village in Siem Riep


Floating Village in Siem Riep


Children in Siem Riep


Lotus fields outside Siem Riep


Traditional dancing in Siem Riep


Street scene in Battambang




Killing cave in Battambang, where thousands were thrown to their death by the Khmer Rouge regime


Mountain view outside Battambang


Outside of Battambang


Outside of Battambang


Other posts in the Cambodia series:
At the Green Mango Café
The Daughters Project
The Market
How We Are Doing
How You Can Help
Wrap Up
Recipe: Vegetable Spring Rolls

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9 Comments on “Cambodia: Snapshots”

  1. Jody

    I enjoy your recipes and felt obliged to comment when I saw your first pictures of the lotus blossoms in the first pic. We have a similar species in south Louisiana and call the pods “graine a voler” or “cajun peanuts”. Although not many people eat them now, I’ve been experimenting with them in recipes and would love to know if you found any way to cook them.

    1. Sonja

      Interesting! We did not get a chance to try them while in Cambodia, but a cookbook I have says that the young roots can be eaten in raw salads (older roots tend to be cooked). We’ve actually had pickled lotus root here in Indianapolis!

  2. Cate

    These photos are beautiful! We spent a few weeks in Cambodia in 2009 and I would love to go back… such an amazing country

  3. lisa

    these are stunning a wonderful insight into a country i know so little about. this makes me want to go. thank you so much for sharing

  4. Vicky

    Beautiful photos. In the past few months while planning for our backpacking trip I’ve read a lot about Cambodia and it truly is horrifying the genocide that occurred there. How was the weather while you were there? I’ve read that stifling heat starts to creep in in March….

    1. Sonja

      Thank you! Yes, it was very hot and humid most of the time we were there! It rained a bit one day, but generally was quite hot!

  5. Courtney Jones

    Absolutely stunning photos! Wow. Such beautiful country, but such a sad history. One of my best friends is from Cambodia. I made him promise to take me there in the next few years. Looking forward to seeing the countryside with my own two eyes. :)

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